New Arrivals · Poetry

April 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Brand new ancients

April 24, 2015
Tempest, Kate, author.
46 pages ; 21 cm
"First co-produced by Battersea Arts Centre."
"Yes, the gods are on the park bench, the gods are on the bus, / The gods are all here, the gods are in us. / The gods are timeless, fearless, fighting to be bold, / conviction is a heavy hand to hold, / grip it, winged sandals tearing up the pavement -- / you, me, everyone: Brand New Ancients.Kate Tempest's words in Brand New Ancients are written to be read aloud; the book combines poem, rap, and humanist sermon, by turns tender and fierce. Set in Southeast London, Brand New Ancients finds the mythic in the mundane. It is the story of two half-brothers, Thomas and Clive, unknown to each other -- Thomas the result of an affair between his mother and Clive's father. Tempest, with wide-ranging empathy, takes us inside the passionless marriage of Jane and Kevin -- the man who suspects Thomas is not his son, but loves him just the same -- and the neighboring home of Mary and Brian, where betrayal has not been so placidly accepted. The sons of these two households -- quiet, creative Thomas and angry, destructive Clive -- will cross paths in adolescence, their fates converging with mortal fury.These characters' loves, their infidelities, their disappointments and their small comforts -- these, Tempest argues, are timeless. Our lives and our choices are no less important than those of history and myth. Awarded the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, Brand New Ancients insists on our importance as individuals -- and asserts Kate Tempest's importance as a talent impossible to ignore"-- Provided by publisher.

Drum-taps : the complete 1865 edition

April 24, 2015
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892.
New York : New York Review Books, 2015.
xxiii, 170 pages ; 18 cm.

The light of the world : a memoir

April 22, 2015
Alexander, Elizabeth, 1962- author.
209 pages ; 22 cm
Last night on Earth -- Honeycomb -- The edges of me in the hands of my wife -- Ghost of all bookstores -- The plum blossom.
" In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander--poet, mother, and wife--finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 49. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a re-energized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance. She examines the journey we take in life through the lens of her own emotional and intellectual evolution, taking stock of herself at the midcentury mark. Because so much of her poetry is personal or autobiographical in nature, her transition to memoir is seamless, guided by her passionate belief in the power of language, her determination to share her voyage of self-discovery with her boys, and her embrace of the principle that the unexamined life is not worth living. This beautifully written book is for anyone who has loved and lost. It's about being strong when you want to collapse, about being grateful when someone has been stolen from you--it's discovering the truth in your life's journey: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's Elizabeth Alexander's story but it is all of our stories because it is about discovering what matters"-- Provided by publisher.

James Merrill : life and art

April 22, 2015
Hammer, Langdon, 1958- author.
xxiv, 913 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A Borzoi book."
"The first biography of one of the most important poets in the second half of the twentieth century, whose life story is unparalleled in its narrative interest. The story of James Merrill (1926-1995) is that of a young man escaping, but inevitably reproducing, the energies and obsessions of glamorous, powerful parents (his father founded Merrill Lynch); of a gay man inventing his identity against a shifting social and sexual backdrop; and of a brilliantly gifted poet testing the redemptive potential of his art. We see how Merrill, freed from having to work for a living, made his life itself a kind of work. After Amherst and a period of adventure in Italy, he returned to the New York art world of the 1950s (he met W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Larry Rivers) and began publishing his poems, novels, and plays. In 1953, he fell in love with budding writer David Jackson, who remained his companion for forty years while they explored "boys and bars" in Greece and elsewhere. At the same time, they were talking to the spirits of the otherworld using a Ouija board, which became an improbable source of poetic inspiration for Merrill. In his many collections of poetry and the candid letters and diaries that enrich every page of this deliciously readable life, Merrill created a prismatic art of multiple perspectives. Holding that life and art together in a complex, evolving whole, Langdon Hammer illuminates Merrill's "chronicles of love & loss" and the remarkable personal journey they record"-- Provided by publisher.

What about this : the collected poems of Frank Stanford

April 20, 2015
Stanford, Frank, 1949-1978.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2015]
xvi, 747 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"'I don't believe in tame poetry. Poetry busts guts.'-Frank Stanford. The poetry publishing event of the season, this six-hundred-plus page book highlights the arc of Frank Stanford's all-too-brief and incandescently brilliant career. This volume includes hundreds of previously unpublished poems, a short story, an interview, and is richly illustrated with draft poems, photographs, and odd ephemera." -- Provided by publisher.

Fanny says : poems

April 20, 2015
Brown, Nickole.
Rochester, NY : BOA Editions, 2015.
148 pages ; 23 cm.


April 20, 2015
Johnston, Devin, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2015.
77 pages ; 22 cm
"A new collection of poems from a poet attendant to the nuances of the natural world"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood lyrics : poems

April 20, 2015
Ford, Katie, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2014]
62 pages ; 22 cm

Alive : new and selected poems

April 17, 2015
Willis, Elizabeth, author.
New York, NY : New York Review Books, [2015]
192 pages ; 18 cm.
"Called by Susan Howe "one of the most outstanding poets of her generation," the American poet Elizabeth Willis has written some of the most luminous, electrifyingly lyrical poems of the past twenty years. This collection includes work from her five books, poems previously published only in magazines, and a section of new poems. With a poetics as attentive to the music of thought as George Oppen's and an ear that evokes the wildness of Rimbaud's Illuminations, Willis charts intricate, subterranean affinities. Her poems draw us into a range of pleasures and concerns--from the scientific pastorals of Erasmus Darwin, to the domain of painters, politicians, erstwhile saints, witches, and agitators. Within the intimate and civic address of these poems, we witness the chaos of the contemporary world as it falls, for an ecstatic moment, into place: "The word comes at me with its headlights on, so it's revelation and not death.""-- Provided by publisher.

The Breakbeat poets : new American poetry in the age of hip-hop

April 15, 2015
Coval, Kevin.
xxii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Kevin Coval : Introduction -- Randall Horton (1961) : An (i)witness say he still had the mike in his hand -- Joel Dias-Porter aka DJ Renegade (1962) : Turning the tables ; Wednesday poem -- Thoas Sayers Ellis (1963) : An excerpt from Crank shaped notes -- Quraysh Ali Lansana (1964) : Mascot ; Crack house ; Seventy-first & King Drive -- Evie Shockley (1965) : Duck, duck, redux ; Post-white -- Tony Medina (1966) : Everything you wanted to know about hip hop but where afraid to be hipped for fear of being hopped ; The keepin' it real awards -- Willie Perdomo (1967) : Shit to write about ; Word to everything I love ; Writing about what you know -- Mario (1967) : Agate -- Roger Bonair-Agard (1968) : Honorific or black boy to black boy ; Fast - how I knew ; In defense of the code-switch or why you talk like that or why you gotta always be cussing -- Lynne Procope (1969) : Shine (for Joe Bataan) ; All night -- Patrick Rosal (1969) : B-boy infinitives ; Kundiman ending on a theme from t la rock ; A note to Thomas Alva ; Ode to the cee-lo players -- Tracie Morris : Untitled -- Jason Carney (1970) : America's pastime -- LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (1970) : Who you callin' a jynx? (after mista popo) ; Damn right it's betta than yours ; Gamin' gabby -- Mitchell L. H. Douglas (1970) : Manifesto, or ars poetica #2 ; Preface to a twenty volume homicide note -- Adrian Matejka (1971) : Beat boxing ; Robot music -- Jessica Care Moore (1971) : mic check, 1-2 -- John Murillo (1971) : Ode to the crossfader ; 1989 ; Renegades of funk -- Francine J. Harris (1972) : Stitches ; Pull down the earth ; This is a test -- T'ai Freedom Ford (1973) : How to get over (senior to freshman) ; how to get over (for my niggas) ; how to get over (for Kanye) -- Suheir Hammad (1973) : Break (rebirth) ; Break (sister) ; Break (embargo) -- Marty McConnell (1973) : The world tells how the world ends ; Object -- John Rodriguez (1973-2013) : Bronx bombers ; What I saw was not your funeral ; At my best -- Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie (1973) : Paper bag poems ; Global warming blues ; Sunday ; Possible (for Amiri Baraka) -- Tara Betts (1974) : Hip hop analogies ; Switch -- Paolo Javier (1974) : From all convulsions -- Douglas Kearney (1974) : Quantum spit ; No homo ; Drop it like it's hottentot venus -- Avery R. Young (1974) : A prayer fo mama Brenda Matthews (warrior brew) ; After an artis(t) talk -- Lemon Andersen (1975) : The future -- Michael Cirelli (1975) : The message ; Astronomy (8th light) -- Kevin Coval (1975) : The crossover ; Jewtown ; Molemen beat tapes ; White on the block -- Jericho Brown (1976) : Motherland -- Mahogany L Browne (1976) : When 12 play was on repeat ; Upon viewing the death of basquiat ; nameless -- Aracelis Girmay (1977) : Elegy in gold ; Break -- Idris Goodwin (1977) : Say my name ; Old ladies and dope boys ; These are the breaks -- Enzo Silon Surin (1977) : Corners -- Mayda Del Valle (1978) : It's just begun -- Denizen Kane (1978) : Ciphers pt. 1 ; Vigil pt. 1 -- Paul Martinez Pompa : I have a drone -- Kyle Dargan (1980) : Crews ; Slang ; O.P.P. -- Tarfia Faizullah (1980) : 100 bells : Nocturne in need of a bitch ; Blossoms in the dark ; Self-portrait as slinky -- Samantha Thornhill (1980) : Elegy for a trojan ; Ode to a star fig ; Ode to gentrification ; Ode to a killer whale -- Aleshea Harris (1981) : Harbor -- Jacob Saenz (1982) : Evolution of my block ; Evolution of my profile ; GTA : Sandreas (or, 'Grove Street bitch!') -- Nadia Sulayman (1982) : Bint ibrahim -- Sarah Blake (1984) : Ha ha hum ; Adventures -- Adam Falkner (1984) Small poems for big -- Marcus Wicker (1984) : Stakes is high ; When I'm alone in my room sometimes I stare at the wall, and in the back of my mind I hear my conscience call ; Ars poetica in the mode of j-live ; Bonita applebum -- Michael Mlekoday (1985) : Self portrait with gunshot vernacular ; Self portrait from the other side ; Thaumaturgy -- Kristiana Colon (1986) : To the notebook kid -- Ciara Miller (1987) : In search of black birds -- Morgan Parker (1987) : Let me handle my business, damn -- Joshua Bennett (1988) : When asked about my hometown : an admission ; When asked about my hometown : an anecdote ; Love letter to Zack, the black power ranger -- Alysia Nicole Harris (1988) : When I put my hands in the air it's praise -- Britteney Black Rose Kapri (1988) : Winthrop Ave. ; We house : after Krista Franklin's definition of funk -- Angel Nafis (1988) : Legend ; Ghazal for my sister ; Conspiracy : A suite ; Gravity -- Jose Olivarez (1988) : Ode to the first white girl I ever loved ; Home court -- Joy Priest (1988) : No country for black boys -- Ocean Vuong (1988) : Always & forever ; Self-portrait as exit wounds ; Prayer for the newly damned ; Daily bread -- Fatimah Asghar (1989) : When tip drill comes on at the frat party or, when refusing to twerk is a radical form of self-love ; Unemployment ; Pluto shits on the universe -- Franny Choi (1989) : Pussy monster ; Impulse buy -- Nate Marshall (1989) : On caskets ; Prelude ; Picking flowers ; Juke -- Aaron Samuels (1989) : Broken ghazal in the voice of my brother jacob -- Danez Smith (1989) : Cue the gangsta rap when my knees bend ; Twerk (v.) ; Dinosaurs in the hood ; Dear white America -- Jamila Woods (1989) : Defense ; Blk girl art ; Deep in the homeroom of doom ; Daddy dozens -- Benjamin Alfara (1990) : What the eyes saw -- Safia Elhillo (1990) : A suite for ol' dirty -- Aziza Barnes (1992) : Juicy (an erasure) -- Camonghne Felix (1992) : Badu interviews Lamar (an erasure) ; Police -- Steven Willis (1992) : Beat writers -- Reed Bobroff (1993) : Four elements of ghostdance -- Malcolm London (1993) : Grand slam -- Kush Thompson (1994) : This, here -- E'mon McGee (1996) : My niece's hip-hop -- Angel Pantoja (1997) : Murder is my name -- Nile Lansana (1997) and Onam Lansana (1999) : Lesson one -- Ars poeticas & essays -- Quraysh Ali Lansana : Art, artiface, & artifact -- T'ai Freedom Ford : Artist statement -- Michael Mlekoday : Artist statement -- Douglas Kearney : Artist statement -- Angel Nafis : Artist statement -- Aziza Barnes : A locus of control and the erasure -- Tara Betts : Life is good : How hip-hop channels duende -- roger Bonair-Agard : Journeying to the break : The cost of the pilgrimage -- Patrick Rosal : The art of the mistake : Some notes on breaking as making -- Nate Marshall : Blueprint for breakbeat writing -- Reprinted poems -- Acknowledgments -- Biographies.
"This is the first anthology of poems by and for the hip-hop generation . . . It includes more than four decades of poets and covers the birth to the now of hip-hop culture and music and style"--page xv.

Oracle : poems

April 14, 2015
Marvin, Cate, 1969- author.
New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
93 pages ; 22 cm

Incarnate Grace : poems

April 13, 2015
Linehan, Moira, 1945- author.
Carbondale [Illinois] : Southern Illinois University Press, [2015]
x, 71 pages ; 23 cm.

Vessel : poems

April 9, 2015
Jones, Parneshia.
Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions, 2015.
viii, 97 pages ; 22 cm

Made in Detroit : poems

April 9, 2015
Piercy, Marge, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
x, 173 pages ; 22 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book."

Dark sparkler

April 6, 2015
Tamblyn, Amber, author.
New York : HarperPerennial, [2015]
116 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm

Hold your own

April 2, 2015
Tempest, Kate, author.
107 pages ; 21 cm
Based on the myth of the blind prophet Tiresias, Hold Your Own is a tale of youth and experience, sex and love, wealth and poverty, community and alienation. Walking in the forest one morning, a young man disturbs two copulating snakes-and is punished by the goddess Hera, who turns him into a woman. This is only the beginning of his journey. Weaving elements of classical myth, autobiography and social commentary, Tempest uses the story of the gender-switching, clairvoyant Tiresias to create four sequences of poems, addressing childhood, manhood, womanhood, and late life.-- Provided by publisher.

The lunatic : poems

April 2, 2015
Simic, Charles, 1938- author.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
xi, 84 pages ; 24 cm

The opposite house : poems

April 2, 2015
Emerson, Claudia, 1957-2014, author.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2015]
x, 61 pages ; 24 cm.

Young Eliot : from St. Louis to The Waste Land

April 1, 2015
Crawford, Robert, 1959-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
xvi, 493 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2015 by Jonathan Cape, Great Britain."--Title page verso.
"A biography of T. S. Eliot from his birth in St. Louis in 1888 to his publication of The Waste Land in 1922"-- Provided by publisher.

How to be drawn

April 1, 2015
Hayes, Terrance.
New York City : Penguin Books, [2015]
x, 99 pages ; 23 cm


March 27, 2015
Christle, Heather, 1980- author.
Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, [2015]
96 pages ; 24 cm.

The players : poems

March 27, 2015
Bialosky, Jill.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
ix, 70 pages ; 22 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso.

We practice for it

March 26, 2015
Lardner, Ted, author.
North Adams, Massachusetts : Tupelo Press, 2014.
37 pages ; 21 cm

For the young poets of Cleveland

March 26, 2015
Finley, Michael, 1950- author.
12 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Published by NightBallet Press, 2013. 1st print run"--title page verso.

The green world

March 25, 2015
Roberts, Andy, author.
Elyria, Ohio : Nightballet Press, 2014.
26 pages : black and white illustration ; 22 cm.
"Published by NightBallet Press, March 2014. 1st print run"--title page verso.

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